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Erik Miller Wins 2016 King Of The Hammers Desert Race

Posted in Events on February 5, 2016
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Photographers: Carly Lavamaki

2012 King Of The Hammers winner Erik Miller from Cumberland, Maryland, who for years afterwards was the bridesmaid at this race, coming within minutes of winning a couple of times, took a well-earned second King’s crown by winning the 10th Annual Nitto King Of The Hammers (KOH) desert race, held Friday, February 5, in Johnson Valley, California. Miller brought his four-year old #4421 4x4 race car to a first place finish against the largest number of competitors to ever compete in what has become known as the world’s toughest one-day desert race. The course was 176 miles long, and included three laps through open desert and numerous torturously rocky canyons with names such as Jackhammer, Chocolate Thunder, and Wrecking Ball. Speeds of over 100 miles per hour were seen at times on the open desert stretches, while the rock crawling sections often brought the cars to a standstill, with their winches used to continue forward progress. To top off his triumph at the 2016 Nitto King Of The Hammers, while on the podium, he asked his girlfriend to marry him, and of course she said yes, making this year’s win all the sweeter.

Capturing the second place finishing position was Jason Sherer of Danville, California, in his #76 4x4 racecar, just a matter of minutes behind Miller. The top three 2016 King Of The Hammers finishers was rounded out by Raul Gomez of Lotus, California, in the #4483 4x4 racecar. The 10th Annual Nitto King Of The Hammers is sanctioned by ULTRA4 Racing, the organization that delivers a national championship series of action-packed off-road races across the entire United States and in Europe, and for the first time, a race in Australia for 2016. Stay tuned to for continued coverage of the world’s toughest one-day desert race, the 2016 Nitto King Of The Hammers.

Sliding sideways as he passes under the start/finish line bridge, Erik Miller takes the checkered flag at the 2016 10th Annual Nitto King Of The Hammers.

Erik Miller blasts through one of the open desert sections of the 2016 10th Annual Nitto King Of The Hammers on his way to victory.

Jason Sherer took second place on the 2016 10th Annual King Of The Hammers, finishing just minutes behind Erik Miller.

Raul Gomez had a close race with Shannon Campbell during the final stages of the 2016 10th Annual King Of The Hammers desert race, but got in just ahead of Campbell to take third place on the podium.

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